2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11 | Veterans Poem | WritersDigest.com

Day eleven of the Poem a Day Challenge honors Veterans’ Day. Write a poem related to a veteran. Read the responses by clicking the link below, or add your own.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11 | Veterans Poem | WritersDigest.com.

Mine is based on a story my dad told about a civilian telegrapher who was drafted and served with him in Alaska. He was the best telegrapher in the service (Alaska was vital for many reasons, including triangulation and intercepting enemy transmissions in the Pacific, so this man was a tremendous asset), but he was so miserable that he was suicidal and drank anything with any kind of alcohol in it. MuFu was the Japanese sign-off, and that’s what the guys called him.

MuFu

I was going
crazy
in this
icebox
so far from
home
I would drink
anything
to check out
for a while
or just
get warm
they wouldn’t
let me go
because
I was too good
even on lighter fluid
I could transcribe
messages as fast
as anyone
could send them.
MuFu
Sign off
The War was
over sooner
for me.

copyright Linda Armstrong 11/11/2012. All rights reserved.

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